[NTLK] 20 MB memory cards FAQ

Dennis Swaney romad at aol.com
Mon Dec 3 11:26:14 EST 2012

I was taught that an 's at the end of a noun was possessive, meaning
"belonging to". The main exception is that "it's" is a contraction not a
possessive; "its" is the possessive form for it. Additionally, if the
possessor noun ends with an "s" then only the apostrophe is added at the
end as with my name: Dennis', not, Dennis's. Of course this was 50 years
ago, and with the continual dumbing down of our public schools in these
United States, it may no longer be taught.


On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM, Doug Denby <ddenby at rogers.com> wrote:

> In previous versions of English punctuation, an apostrophe was used to
> append the "s" in plurals. This habit seems to have evolved out of modern
> punctuation, but it makes sense when applying the plural to an abbreviation
> as it separates the actual abbreviation from the plural suffix, which could
> otherwise be considered part of the abbreviation. The lack of a subsequent
> noun that would make the noun with the apostrophe into an adjective is
> sufficient to recognize the purpose of the apostrophe.
> And for a similar reason it can and maybe should be applied to proper
> nouns, such as the Smith's and the Jones's, and maybe even to the
> Gruendel's.
> Doug
> On 2012-12-02, at 6:42 PM, Frank Gruendel wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > if you are interested in one of my 20 MB linear flash memory cards,
> please
> > get your favourite beverage, lean back, relax, and read the following
> FAQs
> > (no, there isn't an apostrophe in FAQs) thoroughly. I apologize to all
> list
> > members who already know this by heart.
> >

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